When you run your own business, taking time off can feel challenging. If you have a team, you know you’ll need to get everything in place for them to take care of things while you’re away. If you do it all yourself, you might need to spend time figuring out what needs to happen when you’re not there, and finding someone to do it.
If you’re a mum you’ve probably already started thinking about the summer holidays. With childcare and family time in the mix it can feel like a daunting task! Even if you don’t have kids, you probably want to be able to enjoy the warm weather and long evenings.
So how can you make sure your business is ready for the holidays?
It’s a question lots of my clients ask, and this year I’ve teamed up with Sophie Jewry, founder of Brand Kitchen, to come up with a strategy to help you grow your business AND take time off over the holidays.
We’ve put together a free checklist to go with the webinar we hosted recently to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have.
Today I want to share three vital things to consider before you head off to the beach.
1. Plan your time
Do you want to halve your hours over the summer? Take off a block, or work half days all the way through? Making that decision is the first step. If you’re travelling, you likely already have the dates you’ll be away in place. Now is the time to get smart about planning the time it’ll take you to prepare for going away AND – importantly – settle back in. When will you catch up with anything urgent that needs doing while you’re away? When will you catch up with anyone who’s been helping you out?
Book those meetings now, and make sure to allocate extra space the week you’re back to deal with unexpected emergencies and catch up on anything you’ve missed. Your future self will thank you!
2. Ask for help
Entrepreneurs, and especially mums, are notoriously reluctant to ask for help. We prefer to do it ourselves and know it’s been done properly! But if you’re serious about taking time off AND growing your business, any time you’re away over the summer is a great time to hire in an extra pair of times.
This is the perfect time to road-test a VA or call answering service. Try it for two weeks and you might find it works so well you decide to continue when you’re back.
When time is limited it’s important to get really honest – how many of the tasks you do each week are driving your business forward and impacting your bottom line, and how many are things you think you ‘should’ be doing or have just always done? Start figuring out what your Most Important Tasks are and you can make sure the time you spend on your business is making real progress towards your goals.
For the full list of 18 quick checks to make before you go away, and for instant access to the webinar recording, click here.